Actually what a week!
School hasn’t been too bad work wise, but everything just had to hit at
once…and it had to be the same week John Luke and I were leaving midweek to go
out of town. But not to fret, somehow we managed to complete it all, even if it
means JL is beside me right now filling out Comms notes on the plane!
But these past few
days really have been incredible and we can see God moving all around…AHH so
Wednesday evening John
Luke and I hopped on a flight to Oklahoma City for JL to speak at the Place
Conference. Our friend John Sowers put it on and does an incredible job! So
many interesting, brilliant people spoke including: John Sowers, David Bailey,
Bob Goff, Don Miller, Annie Downs, Rosanna Tomiuk, and Sister Rosemary. (I believe it was live-streaming, so there may be some clips online you can
But to share a few
things with you….
“A mentor is someone
who can share their past experiences. One quality of a mentor is to accept
people as they are. The past is over, but there is hope for the future.”
“Jesus Christ comes
behind us and whispers ‘Beloved’. If you are not hearing beloved, then its not
“So if dreaming big
builds character despite whether that dream comes true or not, why aren’t we
dreaming big anyway?”
“God is a god of
beauty and diversity.”
And this barely
touches the tip of it!
Y’all. There were
some wise words spoken there…wise, encouraging, and hopeful.
From there we caught
a flight to Los Angeles for a dinner meeting.
I can’t tell much
about that because it’s in the works, but I can tell you that some BIG things
are coming. This group is dreaming big and you know what is so crazy?? As big as
we feel like we are dreaming, God says, “I can do immeasurable more than you
could ever imagine.”
But while we were
there we made the hike up to the Hollywood sign with our friends Alex,
Luke, and Piper. Words of advice: if you decide to do this little adventure
, BRING ENOUGH WATER. Like really, there’s no such thing as taking too much
water up there.
I love, love,
loveeeeeee Sundays in L.A.
Because of all the awesome churches to go
We love Mosaic,
that’s where we went when we would visit Sadie while she was on Dancing with
the Stars. Today we split up….Sadie, Blake, our friend, Alex, and his mom and
brother, went to Zoe Church pastored by Chad Veach. John Luke and I went with
Piper to Hillsong LA pastored by Ben Houston.
It was so great! The atmosphere, the worship, the fellowship,
the joy, the message- it was all just so, so good. One thing I love so much about the churches I’ve visited in Los Angeles is:
1) They meet people where they’re at and people are truly welcomed.They really show what it means to be in the world and not of the world.
2) Both Mosaic and Hillsong want to be a home for people. They want people the people who come in their doors to take root and build community.
I just love that so much!
So now we’re almost
off this plane and back to school tomorrow.
We are tired and
exhausted, wondering when we’ll ever get caught up on our sleep, but we are
feeling the joy of the Lord inside us mixed with hopefulness and excitement.